ALASTAIR SEELEY TO RIDE PBM DUCATI IN SUPERBIKE RACES AT THE NORTH WEST
North West 200 record holder Alastair Seeley will be Ducati mounted for the Superbike races at the 2019 FonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils.
The 39 year old, whose record of victories stands at 24, will contest the Superbike class on the PBM V4 Ducati. Fellow Carrick rider and rival Glenn Irwin secured a Superbike double last year when riding for PBM Ducati before his move to Kawasaki.
The Carrick rider will again ride for the EHA Racing in the Supersport races on the team’s Yamaha R6, a bike and class which saw the ‘Wee Wizard’ secure double success last year en route to setting a class lap record.
Speaking to the BBC’s Stephen Watson, Seeley said; ‘I’m blown away. I wanted to hook up with Paul Bird and the Ducati and after seeing the bike race at the weekend I think it’s ideally suited to racing at the North West’.
COSTELLO SECURES PATON SUPERTWIN TO BOOST HER 2019 RACE SEASON
MARIA COSTELLO MBE is aiming for a fantastic 2019 after securing a deal to race a Paton Supertwin in the forthcoming road race season.
The Northamptonshire racer will ride one of Mark Coverdale’s Paton Supertwins, which is a similar machine to the one Michael Dunlop rode to victory in the 2018 Bennetts Lightweight TT.
Costello is thrilled to be running the Coverdale Paton in her own team at the TT but she will also be competing in the Supertwin classes at the Fona Cab/Nicholl Oils International Northwest 200 and International Ulster Grand Prix, where she has also held the fastest female lap record.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me,” said Costello, who recently was inducted as the first female president of the TT Riders Association in its 67-year history. “I tried this Paton last year and, I only did a few laps, but it’s on another level in performance and handling. This makes me very excited about the added potential this gives me at all the International road races, especially the TT.”
Maria’s love of racing the Isle of Man TT course is undeniable; she has been racing there for twenty years, became the first female in the history of the Isle of Man to claim a solo podium at the 2005 Manx Grand Prix. Since then she’s collected nine Bronze TT Replicas and five Silver Classic TT Replicas and had outstanding success on the Beugger 500 Paton when she secured third place and another historic podium alongside her hero John McGuinness at the 2016 Classic TT.
Mark Coverdale said: “I am delighted to be able to support Maria with sponsorship and lending her one of my Patons. Maria is an excellent road racer and is inspirational in her dedication to supporting road racing, educating youngsters and encouraging women to enter the sport. Her success with this brand has been seen before with her podium at the Classic TT. It’s a breed of bike that really suits her. I am really looking forward to seeing her achieve more successes this season.”
Costello is aiming high for 2019 but not just on two wheels. In addition to her modern and classic motorcycle racing she will be back out on her Kawasaki LCR F2 sidecar and will be announcing her sidecar racing plans soon.
Sponsorship & well-positioned branding opportunities are still available on both her motorcycle, sidecar and race suit for 2019. For more information on how to become part of the team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LIAM CHAWKE RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS NEWCOMER AWARD
Limerick’s Liam Chawke recently collected his Best Newcomers Award for being the top Newcomer in the 2018 Duke Road Race Rankings Championship, finishing 17th overall in the 21 round series which was won by fellow countryman Derek McGee.
Competing in only seven road races during the season, all in the island of Ireland Liam took three race wins and a further four podium places in the 15 races he entered and rode in.
He opened the season with a third place in the Junior Support Race A at the Cookstown 100 and followed that with two fourth places at the Tandragee 100 in the Junior and Senior Support Races.
A busy July saw Liam claim a sixth and fourth in the Senior and Junior Support races at Skerries before taking his first win of the season at Walderstown in the Junior Support race after having achieved and 10th and two fourths in the Senior Support and 250cc races.
A week later at the Faugheen Road Races, he picked up his second win in the Junior Support Championship race, adding a second and two third places to his days work, plus a fastest lap.
The Armoy ‘Race of Legends’ Road Races were cancelled on the Saturday, due to the prevailing weather conditions – not the way the event wanted to celebrate its tenth anniversary, however two scheduled races were held at the conclusion of practice and qualifying on the Friday evening, in perfect conditions, one of which was the Senior Support race with Liam taking fourth place.
Liam concluded his 2018 racing season with a race win in the Senior Support race at the East Coast Road Races at Killalane.
Liam was presented with his Best Newcomer Award and Certificate by Peter Duke at a ‘full-house’ Annual Southern 100 Racing Club’s Dinner held at the Best Western Palace Hotel & Casino.
ALL NEW TEAM FOR LEE JOHNSTON IN 2019
Lee Johnston will have an all-new look for the 2019 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy, with the Ulsterman riding under the Ashcourt Racing banner.
The three-time TT podium finisher will campaign a BMW S1000RR in the RST Superbike, RL360 Superstock and PokerStars Senior Races and, for the first time on the Mountain Course, will ride a Yamaha YZF-R6 in the two Monster Energy Supersport Races.
In what promises to be a busy season for Johnston and the team, 2019 will see him make his annual visits to the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix whilst he’ll also contest the British Supersport Championship for the first time since 2011.
The Hull-based Ashcourt Group have joined forces with Johnston’s long-time sponsors East Coast Construction and Burdens for their assault on the TT, with the 29-year old eager to get back to the form that took him to an excellent third place in the 2015 RL360 Superstock Race.
Winner of the TT Privateer’s Trophy in 2013 – just a year after making his debut – Johnston took his first top five finish a year later when riding for Phil Reed’s East Coast Construction team. In 2015, he took no less than five top ten finishes and set his career-best lap of 130.851mph on his way to a maiden podium, standing on the RL360 Superstock rostrum alongside Ian Hutchinson and Michael Dunlop.
However, although he took four more top ten finishes in 2016, he was severely hindered by injuries suffered earlier in the year after a spill at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough and was then forced to sit out the 2017 TT entirely after a crash in the final practice session at Greeba Castle.
It looked like he’d secured a dream berth at Honda Racing last year, but a lack of pre-season testing affected his preparations. Nevertheless, he still took three top eight finishes, two of which on the Padgetts Racing CBR600RR Honda in the Monster Energy Supersport Races. He also took third in the TT Zero race on the Mugen, repeating the result he recorded in 2015 for the American Victory team.
Reverting back to privateer status in 2019, Johnston returns to an environment in which he’s previously flourished.
Speaking about the year ahead, Johnston said “I’m really looking forward to this year and I’m excited about the team we’ve put together. I’ve done more riding already this year than what I’d done by the time I arrived at the TT last year, and I’m particularly excited about being on the R6 for the two Supersport Races. It’s the class that should suit me the best but, for whatever reason, things have never really clicked at the TT on the 600, so I’m hoping this year will be different.”
“The R6 is a great bike and I’ll be doing the British Supersport Championship as well, so I’ll be sharper than ever before when practice gets underway and I’d really like to get two good results. I’ve won races and had podiums at the other International Road Races and whilst I’m not going to say I’m going to win, I’m riding against the same people at the TT so, with the new team that we now have, I’m confident we’ll be able to give a good account of ourselves in all of the races in June.”
“I’m really excited about 2019 and it feels great to have the fire in my belly again. I’ve got some fantastic sponsors behind me this year and although the last couple of years have been a bit up and down, I’m in the best position I’ve been in for a long time. I think this is the environment and set-up that suits me best and having been successful in the past, I’m aiming to be consistently on the podium in 2019.”
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DARRYL TWEED JOINS TEAM DHR FOR 2019 ROADS SEASON
Current Irish Lightweight Support champion Darryl Tweed has joined forces with a newly formed team ahead of the 2019 road racing season.
Team DHR has secured the Ballymoney rider’s services and will provide a full array of machinery including a Kawasaki Superbike, a Honda 600 and a Kawasaki ER6 Supertwin.
The team will contest all the Irish national meetings as well as selected short circuit events and have outlined plans to make two trips to the Isle of Man to race at the Southern 100 and the Manx Grand Prix.
Davy Hamilton, owner of Team DHR, has previously enjoyed success with the likes of Wayne Hamilton, William and Sam Dunlop, Mark Hanna and Darren Burns.
Speaking regarding this exciting news Davy was quick to praise the signing of Darryl:
‘I’ve been watching Darryl over the last few years and I like the way he goes about his business. He has shown real signs of class and I feel as though he’s just the man to have on our machinery for 2019.’
‘I am super excited to be given this opportunity to ride more competitive machinery and I’m looking forward to riding for Davy and his new team. I feel that working together we can have a successful season. I predict that I will be able to improve my riding in the supertwins and supersport class while gaining valuable experience on a superbike.’
GARY JORDAN OUTLINES PLANS FOR 2019 SEASON
Gary Jordan has announced his plans ahead of the commencement of the 2019 roads season.
The Magherafelt rider, who has established himself over recent seasons in the 125cc/Moto3 class, intends to step up to middleweight competition in the Senior Support Championship on board his newly purchased Yamaha R6.
Gary got a taste for 600cc racing last year at the East Coast Racing Festival when his brother and fellow road racer Paul Jordan, gave him a run on his Yamaha R6.
Jordan has also outlined plans to race on the short circuits in the Supersport Cup Championship.
With a new bike comes chances of sponsorship and Jordan is keen to give some prime advertising space to anyone who would be willing to help out over the course of the coming season.
’This season I plan to compete in the Senior Support Championship on my own Yamaha R6.
At the end of last season at the final road race at Killalane, Paul gave me a run on his R6 in the senior support race. It’s was my first time on a 600 and also first time at Killalane but it was a breath of fresh air for me so I decided to buy one in October of last year.
I’m also planning to ride in the supersport cup championship on the short circuits and I’ll have the 125 out on the roads again.
Any sponsorship is greatly appreciated this season and I have lots of room to advertise on my bike and helmet. If anyone can help they can contact me via my email, (email@example.com), or you can also get in touch with me via my Facebook account.
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WH RACING SECURE THE SERVICES OF DALEY MATHISON
WH Racing in partnership with Dynobike has announced that they have secured the services of Daley Mathison for the 2019 season.
Daley will contest the three major international road races as well as the full IRRC Championship on board expertly prepared WH Racing in partnership with Dynobike Superstock, Supersport and Supertwin machinery.
‘I’m absolutely overwhelmed with excitement towards the whole season. I’m in the best position I’ve ever been, with two fantastic rides in Penz13 and WH Racing in partnership with Dynobike. Both teams will compliment each other which will result in maximum track time for me - something I think will bring on my riding and fill me with the confidence I need to succeed and achieve my goals.’
WH Racing in partnership with Dynobike:
‘We are delighted to confirm our joining forces with Daley Mathison for the 2019 season in the Superstock, Supersport and Supertwin classes. We are looking forward to working with Daley and cannot wait to get our campaign underway. We would like to say thank you to all our sponsors and partners for making this possible.’
Photo by RC Photos
MICHAEL SWEENEY CONFIRMS PLANS FOR TT 2019
Ireland’s Michael Sweeney will return to the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy for the sixth successive year, and is confirmed to race in all six solo races.
The Skerries rider will remain under the Martin Jones Racing banner and will ride a BMW S1000RR for the RST Superbike, RL360 Superstock and PokerStars Senior TT Races, and a Yamaha YZF-R6 for the two Monster Energy Supersport races.
The former Manx Grand Prix winner will line up on an ER6 650cc Kawasaki for Kiely Heating Racing in the four lap Bennetts Lightweight TT Race.
At TT 2018, Sweeney achieved his best result in the Bennetts Lightweight TT Race – as he had in 2017 – with an excellent seventh place, which gave him his third Silver Replica, after also finishing 18th in both of the Monster Energy Supersport TT Races. Although he opted out of the Superbike Race, he finished inside the top twenty in the RL360 Superstock Race before concluding his campaign with a superb 12th place in the Senior TT where he again lapped over 126mph.
Established as one of the leading privateers around the Mountain Course since stepping up to the TT in 2014, Sweeney now has 13 top twenty finishes to his name, including three inside the top ten.
His track record confirms him as one of the most consistent performers in the last five years, having finished 23 of the 27 races he has started. He now holds three Silver and 19 Bronze Replicas in his collection, while his personal best lap around the 37.73-mile circuit is an impressive 126.407mph.
Sweeney, a regular podium finisher in the Irish National road races, is now looking to build upon his impressive results of the last five years and climb even further up the leaderboard at this year’s event.
He said: “I really feel that I am now getting a feel for the TT Course and every year I’ve built and improved on the previous year. This is a big year for me and I’m looking to make further progress and improve my lap times and race positions and staying with the same team will help with that.”
SAM JOHNSON OUTLINES PLANS FOR 2019 ROADS SEASON
Sam Johnson has announced his plans for the 2019 season which will see him tackle more short circuits in preparation for selected roads meetings.
The Lincolnshire rider intends to compete in some rounds of the Thundersport championship but he has also outlined plans to contest the Isle of Man TT, Ulster Grand Prix, Armoy and the Southern 100.
Johnson will ride under the FR Racing banner in 2019 with 600cc and superstock machinery providing him with the chance to maximise his time on the bike.
“It’s been a long winter and I’ve been quiet regarding plans for this season. After a difficult 2018 the plan for me is to go back to basics under my own FR racing banner. I had a good day at Cadwell testing the 600 and it felt good.
After a couple of years cutting my teeth in Ireland the plan is to do more short circuits this year and focus on the TT, Ulster GP, Armoy and the Southern 100.”
You can follow Sam’s progress via his FR Racing Facebook page.
FR Racing: https://www.facebook.com/FRracing2019/
PATCH RACING ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR 2019
Patch Racing Team Principal Davy Graham has announced his plans for the coming season.
There is a new addition to the team in the form of 24 year old rider Ross Eastall. Ross will be competing for the team in the stock twins class on board a Suzuki SV650.
“Big thanks to Patch Racing for giving me this opportunity. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve as a team this season. I cant wait to get going and stretch that throttle cable! I have to thank Andrew Dunne of ADR, BOC Gas & Gear Belfast, Works Services, Fitted State, KMR Dawson and Strangford Bay Lodge for giving me their backing this year.”
Davy Graham will be competing on the Colin J Brown Construction Management Ltd Suzuki sv650 this season at selected road races and short circuit events.
His confirmed meetings so far are the Tandragee 100 and the Ulster Grand Prix with the intention of also competing at Armoy.
ANDY FARRELL TO MAKE CLASSIC TT BOW WITH STEADPLAN PRIMUS RACING
Andy Farrell is set to make his Classic TT debut this year with Steadplan Primus Racing.
The Irishman, a ten year veteran of the Manx Grand Prix, is set to pilot a ZXR750 at the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Races and the Classic TT.
Farrell, who enjoyed a majestic lightweight double victory at the 2018 Manx Grand Prix, has become a top class mountain course competitor in recent years and is consistently competitive so taking on the Classic TT should come naturally for him.
Steadplan Primus Racing has this to say:
“The team is delighted to announce that Skerries man and double winner at last year’s Manx GP, Andy Farrell (Andy Farrell Racing) has accepted an invite to ride the latest addition ZXR750 at both the PreTT and Classic TT. Andy, whilst time served over the mountain, will pilot the ZXR750 as a newcomer to the Colas Billown course and is ‘delighted to take on the challenge of both new bike and circuit’.
Photo by RC Photos
JAMES HILLIER REMAINING WITH TEAM GREEN IN 2019
Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki have today announced that James Hillier will remain with them for an eighth successive year in 2019, with the firm aim of challenging for race wins at the Isle of Man TT Races Fuelled by Monster Energy.
Hillier, winner of the 2015 Bennetts Lightweight TT, will contest the RST Superbike, RL360 Superstock and PokerStars Senior TT Races on the all-new Kawasaki ZX-10RR and the two Monster Energy Supersport TT Races on board a Kawasaki ZX-6R.
Having made his Mountain Course debut in 2008, the Hampshire rider is established as a regular contender for honours and now has an impressive haul of twelve podiums - the most recent of which coming last year, with third place finishes in the RST Superbike and second Monster Energy Supersport TT Races.
In addition, he finished fourth in the opening Monster Energy Supersport race - less than two seconds off the rostrum - and fifth in the RL360 Superstock Race. Only a first lap retirement in the Senior TT Race, when the engine’s sump was ripped off at the bottom of Barregarrow, prevented a complete run of finishes.
Hillier first stood on the podium in 2012 and has done so at least once every year since then. His phenomenal finishing record since 2011 has seen him fail to finish just two of the 43 races he has started – with all but two of those 41 finishes inside the top ten.
Hillier is one of the most consistent performers around the 37.73-mile Mountain Course and has now taken a remarkable 51 finishes from his 55 race starts since 2008. Those 51 finishes have seen him win 47 silver and 4 bronze replicas and as well as the 12 podiums he has now finished inside the top ten on no less than 40 occasions.
His personal best lap of the Mountain Course stands at 132.414mph which currently makes him the seventh fastest rider of all time and with 32 racing laps at more than 130mph, only Michael Dunlop and John McGuinness have a greater total than the Ringwood rider, who turns 34 next month.
Photo by RCphotos
MICHAEL DUNLOP AND MD RACING ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR 2019 ROAD RACING SEASON
MD Racing has announced their intentions to run their own superstock and supersport machinery for the 2019 season.
Michael Dunlop, having already committed himself to remain with Tyco BMW, will look to run a BMW S1000RR and will also build his own 600cc machinery for himself and for another rider to come into the MD Racing fold.
In a statement released via the MD Racing Facebook page, the 18 time TT winner had this to say:
“We are pleased to announced the return of Michael Dunlop along with his team MD Racing.
After having some time off now is the time to come back, bigger and better than ever. I have a strong team and great bunch of lads, some who will be returning with me this year along with a few new faces! I have a great team around me, we have the craic but we get the job done. The team put in the hours and hard work to help get me to where I am today. We have the new S1000RR K67 bike this year so there will be a few late nights to get ready to go ASAP. We are up for the challenge with the bike and will be working alongside Tyco BMW for technical support and developing our relationship. We are ready to take on challenges that 2019 bring”
Michael also spoke regarding the supersport class and opportunities within the team:
“The team will be building their own 600 and Superstock Bike. Aiming to be as competitive as possibe. The team and Michael are confident to have a winning line up
Like everything as teams develop and grow so does the need for more staff members and sponsorship. In the coming months we will be not only be looking for a rider to join the team on one of our own MD Racing built 600 bikes, but also for a range of staff to join us.
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AUSTRALIAN RIDER ROYCE ROWE PLANS MANX GRAND PRIX RETURN
Royce Rowe, who was seriously injured at the 2017 Manx Grand Prix, is planning to make his return to island competition this summer.
The Adelaide rider crashed at Union Mills on the first lap of the Junior race whilst lying in second place resulting in the race being red-flagged.
Sustaining injuries including broken legs and a broken wrist, the 24-year-old spent three months convalescing before eventually returning home. In a quite remarkable turnaround, just seven months after the accident he was back on his bike.
Speaking to the MMCC, his father Les said:
'His first ride back home in Australia was on the Ducati that had been entered in the Manx. This was at a meeting at Mount Gambier (about 270 miles south east of Adelaide). The idea was to just get back on the bike and slowly get comfortable again both physically and mentally.
This lasted about two laps into qualifying until he was passed by someone, and he then proceeded to take pole position and win seven of his eight races over the weekend, his lap times were less than half a second off his own lap record.
He has continued to race during 2018 on both the 650 Ducati and a new 675R Triumph (the old one was totally written off) at tracks in south eastern Australia including Tailem Bend, Mallala, Mount Gambier and Phillip Island, scoring many wins and podium placings. His lap times at each track are now faster than before the accident, even with interruptions for two further operations to gradually remove all the metal rods, screws and plates from both legs.
'He will be bringing the Ducati 650 for the Lightweight races and the Triumph for the Junior and Senior races.'
Royce told the MMCC:
'I am really looking forward to it and my fitness is improving all the time thanks to the care and support that I had in Liverpool and the Isle of Man..'
Both Royce and Les were keen to thank the Hogg Rescue volunteers, Rex Physio, the Joey Dunlop Foundation, the Manx Grand Prix Supporters' Club and everyone else who helped him after his accident.
Photo Credit: Nick Wheeler
DAVIES MOTORSPORT ANNOUNCE INTERNATIONAL PLANS WITH DOMINIC HERBERTSON
Davies Motorsport has announced that they will move up to international road racing in 2019 with Dominic Herbertson and they will contest the North West 200, Isle Of Man TT and the Ulster Grand Prix.
Famed for their success at classic racing, the team which is run by Colin and John Davies will provide Herbertson with a brand new Kawasaki ZX-10RR race machine as well as a Kawasaki ZX-6R. They will also still contest the classic meetings.
27 year old Herbertson, who won the Junior Classic TT last season, has now established himself as a top contender within the sport. He has secured top ten finishes at both the Isle Of Man TT and the Ulster Grand Prix and with this latest news it will no doubt go a long way to help bolster his chances of further success for the coming season.
“I would like to thank John and Colin for giving me this great opportunity. The new Kawasaki looks to be a fantastic piece of equipment and I can’t wait to get on the race track to get to grips with it. A big thank you as well for all the support from the team partners.”
Team principal John Davies:
“Having won at the Classic TT in 2018, we felt the time was right to use our 40 years of motorcycle racing experience and move up to the modern TT. Dominic has shown great potential on the road race scene previously and we would like to help him to fulfil that potential with the latest machinery and our technical help.”
BRIAN MCCORMACK AND NEW TEAM ON1 RACING REVEAL PLANS FOR 2019 SEASON
New road racing team On1 Racing has revealed its plans, and new liveried machine for the 2019 road racing season.
Brian McCormack will spearhead the team’s inaugural roads assault at the Isle Of Man TT on board a BMW S1000RR.
Last year, McCormack secured a splendid 10th place in the PokerStars Senior TT on BMW machinery so staying with the German marque should help bolster his chances of a repeat performance when racing gets underway later this year.
Since his debut on the island in 2010, the Waterford rider has steadily become one of the most polished riders to feature at the world famous event.
Both he and the team will contest all the international road races as well as taking part in selected British and Irish Superbike rounds.
On1 Racing revealed the new bike earlier this week and were keen to thank their sponsors
“Delighted to reveal ON 1 Racing's Brian McCormack with his BMW S1000RR backed by The Macau Roadhouse and Liffey Distributors Husqvarna. Brian will be competing in the International Road Races and Selected rounds of British and Irish Championships.
A big thank you to all that made it happen.
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NADIEH SCHOOTS WITHDRAWS FROM IRRC CHAMPIONSHIP AND ANNOUNCES IRISH ROADS PLANS
Nadieh Schoots and her racing team, (Rebel Racing) have decided to withdraw from the IRRC championship for at least the 2019 season citing organisational and safety concerns following on from an incident involving Nadieh last season at Frohburg.
The team will contest the Cookstown 100 and the Armoy Race Of Legends at national level alongside the major international events of the North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix.
Schoots has her sights set on competing at the 2020 Isle Of Man TT and feels as though racing on the Irish roads will stand her in better stead for the challenge the TT will present.
Nadieh’s calanedar for the upcoming season:
26-27 April: Cookstown 100
12-18 May: North West 200
24-26 May: Ducati Club Race Assen
13-14 July: Terlicky Okruh (Czech Republic)
26-27 July: Armoy Road Races
5-10 August: Ulster Grand Prix
14-17 November: Macau Grand Prix
TOMMY HENRY RETAINS TITLE SPONSOR FOR 2019 SEASON
Tommy Henry will once again be sponsored by H O'Kane Motors Armoy as he looks ahead to the 2019 road racing season.
The Ballymoney man has had the backing of Hugh O’Kane since he began his racing career and he will surely benefit from the continued partnership as he takes to the track in 2019.
Speaking regarding the news Tommy has this to say:
“Very happy to say we will once again be supported in 2019 by H O'Kane Motors Armoy. Hugh has been a brilliant help and supporter of Tommy since he started racing and have been friends for many years before.
It's a real honour to carry and promote H O'Kane Motors name on our bikes. H O'Kane Motors has celebrated 50 years in business in 2018 and Hugh has been supporting motor bike racing for almost as long. Their involvement in racing stretches back to the early 1970s.
H O'Kane Motors stock a massive range of quality fresh used cars with a large selection of motorbikes as well. If you are thinking of a change give the guys at H O'Kane Motors Armoy a try and support one of the best supporters of our sport in Ireland.”
PENZ13 BMW SET FOR RETURN TO THE NORTH WEST 200
Penz13 BMW will make a return to the FonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils with riders Daley Mathison, Davey Todd and Erno Kostamo.
Returning to the event after a three year absence, the German outfit will have a three pronged attack when racing gets underway on May 12-18 of this year.
Davey Todd, a new full-time addition to the team and last year’s fastest newcomer at the North West, will join his fellow teammates on board BMW S1000RR machinery for the Superbike and Superstock races. Beside Davey in the paddock is Englishman Daley Mathison and event newcomer, Erno Kostamo.
‘I am very excited to return to the North West after being the fastest newcomer last year.’ Todd said. I aim to continue closing the gap to the regular front-runners.’
‘The BMW power might provide the little edge required on those long straights.’ he explained.
‘I cannot wait to get back out there.’
‘After missing the 2018 event, I am excited to get back to the North West.’ Mathison said. I hope having track time on the fast and narrow Hengelo circuit in the days before coming to Portrush will help me to target some decent top ten results.’
Event Director Mervyn Whyte:
‘Rico and his team have proven they can run with and beat the best in international road racing and world endurance competition. It is great to have Davey Todd, our fastest newcomer of 2018, back on the North West grid this year.’
Photo by Stephen Davison of Pacemaker Press
DAVID DATZER TO MAKE ISLE OF MAN TT RACES DEBUT
German rider David Datzer is set to make his debut at this year’s Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy.
The 26-year old will contest both of the four-lap Monster Energy Supersport Races around the 37.73-mile Mountain Course where he will ride a GSXR600 Suzuki. He follows fellow International Road Racing Championship (IRRC) competitor Lukas Maurer, who also confirmed his debut at the 2019 TT Races earlier in the year.
The Vilsbiburg rider has been contesting the highly competitive IRRC for the last three seasons, primarily in the Superbike class where he has steadily improved his results. Last year was his most successful to date as he finished in a fine fifth place overall, behind leading road racers Danny Webb, Didier Grams, Erno Kostamo and Marek Cerveny.
Campaigning a BMW S1000RR, Datzer strung together highly consistent performances which saw him finish 11 of the 12 races inside the points with his best results being a brace of fifths at Imatra and Frohburg. In addition, he took sixth and seventh at Chimay with seventh places finishes also in the second race at Imatra and at Horice in the Czech Republic.
Failing to score points in just one of the twelve races, he ended the Championship with 86 points which put him three points clear of leading British rider and TT front runner, Jamie Coward.
Datzer, who has already begun his newcomer induction programme with Rider Liaison Officers Richard ‘Milky’ Quayle and John Barton, visited the Isle of Man earlier this month. He said:
“The TT Races is the ultimate test for a motorcycle racer and I’m under no illusion about the challenge that I’m taking on. But I’m looking forward to continuing German participation in the meeting and I will be dedicating myself to preparing as well as possible for my TT debut.”
He continued: “My recent visit to the Isle of Man and my time with Richard and John not only showed me how much preparation is required but also really got me excited for my TT debut this year.”
Image courtesy of Dave Kneen
TWO RIDER LINE UP FOR THE PEOPLE'S BIKE TEAM
The popular fan funded People’s Bike team, run by Mark Cubbon and Janice Thompson, will line up at the 2019 Isle of Man TT Races Fuelled by Monster Energy with an extended two rider line-up.
After a successful first-time appearance at the TT twelve months ago, Charles Rhys Hardisty remains with the Isle of Man-based team for a second successive year. He’ll pilot the team’s BMW S1000RR in the RST Superbike, RL360 Superstock and PokerStars Senior Races and a yet to be confirmed 600cc machine in the two Monster Energy Supersport races.
He’ll be joined in the team by 2018 Senior Manx Grand Prix winner Matt Stevenson, who makes the step up to the TT for 2019. The Yorkshire rider is also set to campaign a BMW S1000RR in the three 1000cc races, whilst he’ll continue to be Yamaha-mounted for the two four-lap Supersport encounters.
2018 saw both riders enjoy successful campaigns on the Mountain Course with Hardisty’s first TT seeing him take 45th and 48th in the two Monster Energy Supersport races to win his first bronze replicas. He finished all three of his other races taking 34th in the RST Superbike race, 35th in the PokerStars Senior, where he set a new personal best lap of the 37.73-mile circuit of 120.640mph, and 47th in the RL 360 Superstock race.
24-year old Stevenson, meanwhile, was a revelation at last year’s Manx Grand Prix, having only made his debut at the event in 2016. Although he fell at Creg-ny-Baa while leading the Junior race, he bounced back in style to win a thrilling Senior race by five seconds from team-mate Stephen Parsons. Stevenson’s fastest lap of 120.974mph made him the ninth fastest rider ever at the Manx GP.
Hardisty said: “I’m absolutely ecstatic to be joining up with The People’s Bike team again this year. The sponsors to the team bring in a real good vibe and Janice and Mark work all year round to make the team the success that it is. To be part of something that's helped the careers of many top-level lads is very exciting. My last two seasons have been both testing and difficult through carrying injuries, but I’m now fully fit and this year I aim to improve with every lap and build on my speed.”
Stevenson added: “Two years ago I hadn’t even imagined I’d get to the TT but here we are all ready to go! With just over 100 days to go and with a cracking team behind me, I can’t wait to see what it brings. My aim is for 5 races and 5 finishes and all being well I’m hoping for mid-pack results in my first year and then we’ll go from there.”
For more information on The People’s Bike team and details of how you can get involved, contact Mark Cubbon or Janice Thompson at email@example.com.
Photo by Dave Kneen
NEW LIVERY FOR JOEY’S BAR MCC
Gary Dunlop has unveiled a new striking livery to help honour Joey Dunlop’s famous RC45 victory at the Ulster Grand Prix.
The new colour scheme echoes the livery of the Honda RC45 Joey piloted at Dundrod in 1999 when he won the second Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race seeing off the challenge of David Jefferies in what has gone down as a legendary moment within the sport.
The Joey’s Bar Honda will proudly display this new livery when competing on the roads this season.
Speaking on Twitter after the announcement, Gary had this to say:
“20 years since the famous rc45 win at the ugp. Gave us the idea of a change of colour scheme this season. Hope everyone likes! Both bikes are on display up at the NI motorcycle show all weekend.”
Photo credit: Spectrum Pics (@Spectrumpics)
MICHAEL EVANS REMAINS WITH WILCOCK CONSULTING FOR 2019
Triple Manx Grand Prix winner Michael Evans will make his second appearance at the Isle of Man TT Races Fuelled by Monster Energy later this year, when he will again contest all six solo races.
The Santon rider remains with Wilcock Consulting for the second successive season and will campaign the team’s BMW S1000RR in the RST Superbike, RL360 Superstock and PokerStars Senior races along with their CBR600RR Honda for the two Monster Energy Supersport encounters.
In addition, he will continue to be supported by Martin Bullock Motorsport for the four-lap Bennetts Lightweight Race, where he will be mounted on the class favourite Kawasaki ER6.
Having smashed records on his way to winning the 2016 Newcomers and 2017 Senior and Junior races at the Manx Grand Prix, the 25-year old made a favourable impression on his TT debut. This included a 17th place finish and a Silver Replica in the second Monster Energy Supersport Race, where he also set a new personal best lap of the 37.73-mile course at 123.614mph.
This followed up his 29th place finishes in the opening Monster Energy Supersport and RL360 Superstock Races where he picked up two Bronze Replicas.
Evans added a 26th place finish in the PokerStars Senior to his collection and, although he was forced to retire from the opening RST Superbike and Bennetts Lightweight Races, he was in the running for an excellent top twelve finish before his final lap retirement in the latter.
He went on to further his road racing credentials at August’s Classic TT Presented by Bennetts, when he finished in a brilliant sixth place in the RST Superbike Race on the Wilcock Consulting ZXR750 Kawasaki. He now looks to build on this and his results at TT2018 to climb further up the leaderboard this June.
WORLDWIDE FLAVOUR FOR VRS RACING AHEAD OF 2019 ROADS SEASON
Notorious for running talented overseas competitors, Robbie Silvester’s highly acclaimed VRS Racing outfit for 2019 roads action has another truly global, worldwide themed rider line up.
Remaining with the team for a third successive TT Races campaign, Arizona’s Pete Murray alongside sampling again the four lap Bennetts Lightweight TT, is additionally aiming to compete across all solo classes at TT 2019, excluding the innovative SES TT Zero class.
Joining improving Mountain Course exponent Murray as part of the teams TT 2019 venture, is South Africa’s leading International Road Racer AJ Venter.
An event returnee last year, former British Supersport Championship competitor Venter has proven on more than one occasion his potential on the fabled Mountain Course, and will no doubt prove one to watch in this June’s Monster Energy Supersport, Bennetts Lightweight encounters.
Outside of TT 2019 the VRS team will also have a strong presence at the Manx Grand Prix, running in the Junior, Lightweight, Senior races, Colombian star Daniel Fernandez plus rising star and former Newcomers A race winner Brad Vicars.
Tadcaster’s Vicars will also in 2019 sample the Southern 100, plus selected national roads events such as the Cookstown 100, which will see him tackle VRS Racing’s brand new Superstock Honda steed.
Commenting on the teams ambitions for the season ahead, VRS Racing Team Owner Robbie Silvester stated:
“Hoping for Dan (Fernandez) and Brad (Vicars) to be on the podium at the Manx. AJ (Venter), would be nice to see him clinch top ten finishes in the Junior TT races, and be near the sharp end on the 650.
Would love to see Pete continue to grow as a TT rider, and for all of them to have good safe runs.”
Words by Stevie Rial
Photo of Allann Venter by RCphotos
BSB STAR COOPER SET TO MAKE ROADS BOW
BSB rider Richard Cooper is set to make his road racing debut at this year’s fonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl’s Oils.
Cooper, in a move that will come as a major coup for the event, will have at his disposal factory supported Buildbase Suzuki GSXR1000RR machinery.
The 35 year old is no stranger to these shores having made a clean sweep of all three Superbike races at last year’s Sunflower Trophy meeting at Bishopscourt.
‘I have a lot of experience in bike racing but road racing is the one big thing that I haven’t done. We are going to sort that now.’
‘Riders say road racing is like a drug but I won’t know until I try it whether or not I will be addicted. Being safe is very important but I am a racer and even in year one I won’t be there just to ride around. I am not going to the North West 200 just to break anyone’s fastest newcomer record.’
‘The team are right behind me and we have already spoken about who will be in our North West 200 crew.’ the 2011 British Superstock champion said.
I have always been able to adapt quickly to new circuits. I believe in my own ability and I am old enough and wise enough to approach racing on the roads in the right way.’
Event Director, Mervyn Whyte MBE:
‘It is very exciting to have a BSB rider of Richard’s ability and experience making his road racing debut at the North West.’
‘It will be enthralling to watch Richard go head to head along the Coast road with established North West stars like Dunlop, Irwin, Seeley, Rutter, Harrison and Hickman.’
Photo by Stephen Davison
JOEY THOMPSON CALLS TIME ON ROAD RACING CAREER
Joey Thompson, one of the sport’s brightest and most talented young riders, has announced his retirement from road racing.
In a move that has come as a shock, the popular Yorkshireman has decided to step away from the sport following issues with securing a package ahead of the 2019 roads season.
Thompson had been due to take up the reigns at WH Racing following the departure of fellow Englishman Dominic Herbertson, but after that move fell through earlier this year, Joey hasn’t been able to secure himself a ride and will no longer compete on the roads.
A proven winner with multiple victories coming at Oliver’s Mount, Thompson had looked primed to make the step up to international glory following his stunning performance in the supertwins class at last year’s North West 200.
“It is with great regret that I have to announce that I will be calling time on my Professional Road Racing career. After 2 very successful years racing on the roads and the Isle of Man TT I can not find myself a competitive package. Thanks to all my loyal fans and sponsors.”
PAUL JORDAN SIGNS WITH DAFABET DEVITT RACING
Paul Jordan has partnered with Dafabet Devitt Racing for the 2019 International road racing season, with the 26-year old set to run exclusively on Kawasaki machinery in the Superbike, Superstock, Supersport and Lightweight classes.
The team, operated by RC Express Racing, sees the Bristol-based outfit extend their successful partnership with Dafabet, one of the world’s leading online betting platforms and Devitt Insurance, one of the UK’s leading specialist motorcycle insurers for the third and fourth years respectively. That support has seen the team at the forefront of International road racing and firmly establish them as one of the leaders in the paddock.
Having impressed on his two outings for the team last year at the Ulster and Macau Grand Prix meetings, Jordan will now campaign a full season for the squad with the Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix their main focus. In addition, the former 125cc British Championship race winner will make his debut at the Southern 100 and will also contest selected rounds of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.
Since moving away from the short circuits to the roads, Jordan has continued to make significant strides forward with 2018 seeing him have his best year to date at the International road races.
Indeed, riding for Dafabet Devitt Racing, the Magherafelt rider took brilliant fourth and sixth place finishes in the Superbike and Superstock races at last year’s Ulster Grand Prix where he improved his personal best lap of the Dundrod circuit to an impressive 131.148mph.
That performance led to him remaining with the team for the Macau Grand Prix where he made a solid debut to finish in 14thplace after a race long battle with Michael Sweeney.
Meanwhile, Jordan made his second appearance at the Isle of Man TT races earlier in the year and took 19th and 22nd place finishes in the two Supersport races on his privately-entered Yamaha, also improving his best lap around the 37.73-mile Mountain Course to 123.355mph.
Riding the same machine, he also took 14th place in the second Supersport race at the North West 200.
The former Ulster and Irish 125cc Road Race Champion was also victorious in the Supersport race at the Armoy road races and having joined Dafabet Devitt Racing in a full time capacity he’s now looking to make a further impression on the leaderboard at the International road race meetings, particularly the Isle of Man TT.
We’re also incredibly proud to announce that Road race star , Ivan Lintin, who continues to make progress from the injuries he sustained at last year’s Southern 100, is still firmly a member of Dafabet Devitt Racing family and will be with the team throughout the 2019 season in a non-racing role.
Speaking about the deal, Jordan said:
“After two successful meetings with the team last year, I’m delighted to have joined Dafabet Devitt Racing for 2019 and I can’t wait for the season to get underway. It’s nice to be going into the season with such a great team and group of people behind me with Roy and Ben have made me feel at home from the very first day. It feels like I’ve been with the team for years and that’s such a great feeling to have. I’ve been working really hard over the winter months and am looking forward to taking another step forward in my career and doing both myself and everyone connected with the team proud.”
Team owner Roy Constable added:
“We’re delighted to extend our partnership with both Dafabet and Devitt Insurance and with them both being such an integral part of the team we’re looking to continue our success of previous years in 2019. We’re equally delighted to welcome Paul to the team on a full-time basis after he impressed us all in his short time with us last year.
He improved tremendously in the two outings he had with us and we’re excited to be working with such a talented rider in the season ahead. It continues our ethos of working with young, promising riders and we’ll be looking to nurture his talent, build on what we achieved last year and have a successful and enjoyable year of racing.”
John Cruces, Dafabet said:
“We’re very happy to continue our partnership with the team and it’s great to see Paul join full-time. We look forward to seeing what we can do in 2019 and hope to build on what was achieved last year. We’re also very happy to see that Ivan is very much part of the team and continues with his recovery. We wish the team the very best of luck in the forthcoming racing season.”
Tom Warsop, Devitt Insurance commented:
“As we enter our fourth year supporting the team, we’re thrilled to be welcoming Paul on-board after an impressive spell with us towards the end of last year. It’s an absolute pleasure working with RC Express and we’re excited to be involved in their progress and performance through 2019.”
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BURROWS ENGINEERING REVEAL NEW 2019 LIVERY
Burrows Engineering racing team has unveiled striking new livery ahead of the 2019 season after partnering with Richardson Kelly Racing.
Senior Manx Grand Prix winner Tom Weeden joins the team will alongside Derek Sheils and the two riders will have brand new expertly prepared Suzuki machinery at their disposal.
The team is making a return to competition at the fonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils and Sheils will ride a top specification Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the Superbike and Superstock classes. Tom Weeden will ride a Superstock-spec Suzuki plus a Yamaha R6.
“My main ambition in 2019 is to get some strong top ten finishes in all of the international road races.
I never seem to have enough power and top speed for the North West (200). It is hard to compete with little fellows on factory machinery around there.
I got that 5th place in 2017 in the damp but had to ride the wheels off the bike when it was dry in the second race just to get 9th. The new Suzuki’s should help us close that gap this time around.”
“Joining the Burrows RK Racing team is a massive opportunity for me and I have got to make the most of it.
I made my debut at the North West (200) in 2013 and my best finish has been 17th in a Supersport race. I want to be pushing into the top ten bracket this time around.”
Team Principal John Burrows
“We are coming to the North West with our new sponsor this year, and it will be an important event for us and our riders after they both missed last year’s meeting.
I want to help Tom get his spark back after his injury. He was the fastest newcomer at last year’s Ulster and he hasn’t forgotten how to ride a motorbike.
Derek had that great 5th in 2017 and I want to see him back up there at the front, mixing it with Glenn Irwin, Alastair Seeley and the rest of the front runners.”
Photo by Stephen Davison
IRELAND’S RAY CASEY TO MAKE ISLE OF MAN TT RACES DEBUT IN 2019
Rising Irish road racer Raymond Casey will make his debut at the 2019 Isle of Man TT Races Fuelled by Monster Energy. The 34-year old, the first rider from Cork to compete at the TT since Mike O'Connor in 1992, will compete in the two Monster Energy Supersport TT Races.
Having excelled in both the Irish and British Motocross Championships, Casey made a relatively late start to his road racing career with his first short circuit outings in 2014 but since then he has performed well in the Irish and Mondello Masters Superbike and Supersport Championships.
2017 saw Casey finish fifth overall in the Supersport Pro Series, taking a number of podiums. He made his road racing debut at Walderstown in the same year where he finished tenth in the Supersport Race, battling with TT regulars Michael Sweeney, Brian McCormack and Davey Todd. He also took 12th in the Open Race on board the same standard specification 600cc Kawasaki.
Casey also competed at the Faugheen Road Races where he further showed his road racing credentials with an excellent fifth place in the Supersport Race – only beaten by Derek Sheils, Sweeney, Paul Jordan and Derek McGee.
Those two outings paved the way for his debut at the Ulster Grand Prix where he immediately lapped at more than 120mph on his way to finishing in a solid 25th place in the opening Supersport Race. He went quicker still in the second encounter and after lapping at 120.569mph, he was challenging for a top 15 position only for a holed radiator to force him out on the final lap.
A broken collarbone early in the 2018 season ruled him out of action for a number of weeks but when he returned he was immediately back on the pace with fifth and seventh places in the Supersport and Open races at the Enniskillen Road Races and podiums again achieved in the Mondello Masters series.
For the last six years, Casey has been an integral part of Brian McCormack’s team at the TT, assisting his friend and countryman but also soaking up as much information as possible in preparation for his debut in June. Casey plans to work alongside McCormack both in the build up to TT2019 and during practice and race week in order to assist with his learning process.
After visiting the Isle of Man as part of his newcomer programme, Ray Casey said: “I feel that this is the time to make my TT Races debut. I’ve really enjoyed competing on the roads to date but the Isle of Man TT is a huge challenge and one that I’m not underestimating. My visit to the Isle of Man this weekend was great and I’ve already had really good insight from the Rider Liaison Officers Johnny Barton and Milky Quayle.”
COLAS POST TT ROAD RACES - 2019 REGULATIONS AND ENTRY FORMS
Regulations and Entry Forms for the Colas Post TT Road Races are now available via the Southern 100 Racing official website:
They can also be mailed out by contacting the Race Secretary, George Peach by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2019 Colas Post TT Road Races will be held on Saturday 8th June on the 4.25-mile Colas Billown Course.
Photo by Ryan Crawley of RC Photos